Dejero’s LIVE + Platform Expands Network Nine’s News Coverage

October 2013

The Dejero LIVE+ Platform is internationally acclaimed for its industry leading live broadcast product suite deployed across the globe.

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Nine’s Sports Reporter Roz Kelly at the Ashes 2013

In looking at previous deployments of the units in both Australia and abroad as well as rigorous testing and evaluation of the products the Dejero 20/20 LIVE + Transmitters and Dejero Broadcast Servers became an obvious choice for Network Nine to expand their live news coverage capabilities.

Network Nine Australia worked with Digistor to set up Dejero’s live broadcasting technology for deployment in their facility and in their ENG teams. Since the initial deployment the Dejero platform has had great success in covering the 2012 NSW bush fires, feature stories from the USA and on the border of North and South Korea during the recent conflict.

The Dejero system uses 4G and 3G-cell technology as well as any  available network connection via Ethernet or WiFi to broadcast back to the Dejero servers hosted at the broadcasters facility. The transmitter takes an SDI or HDMI signal, then uses its available connections to send an MPEG4 transport stream back to a Broadcast server. This server equipped with SDI outputs hosted in a studio or broadcast centre for playout of live feeds from the fields.

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Dejero featuring Michael Clarke

Traditionally to get an SDI signal back from the field to the studio would require a satellite or microwave link, which becomes costly and not especially portable. The Dejero platform has an amazing array of products and tools for the market place for ENG crews. In addition to the 20/20 and broadcast servers, they also feature the VSET rack mount version for the transmitter for OB Vans/trucks as well as iOS applications for very small form factor transmitting, all boasting the bonded technology that ensure Dejero’s products are a class of their own.

More recently Nine also utilized the Dejero 20/20 in the UK for their coverage of The 2013 Ashes Series.

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Nine’s Cameraman Glenn Edwards at the Ashes 2013

The usage consisted of live crosses with one-second latency, enabling the News Anchor in Australia to have a live conversation with the reporter in the field, still via the 4G and 3G connectivites in the unit.

This meant that Nine’s audiences were able to receive the latest up to the minute information from the UK. Nine completed approximately one hours’ worth of live crosses every day during the Ashes series and were all successful without a hitch. This included morning, afternoon and evening crosses and to multiple cities so a very busy schedule…and the Dejero kept up every step of the way.

Nine Cameraman, Glenn Edwards, was the primary user of the 202/20 transmitter during The Ashes coverage. For Glenn, Dejero has been a welcome addition to their news gathering tool set. “The technical support from Dejero was amazing. If there was a problem or a concern about network connections I would just email them…they would log into the machine and the problem would be sorted within minutes.”

Some of the main advantages of Dejero are the comparative cost and the portability when compared to traditional news gathering solutions. The cost of a live international cross with a conventional link is enormous when compared to cost of using Dejero. The portability of the Dejero means the cameraman and talent can quickly and easily transmit from anywhere with the immediacy and flexibility required for news gathering.

This flexibility came in very handy for the Nine News Crew as co-incidentally the Royal baby was born during the Ashes coverage and the team was able to cover both. It was simply a matter of picking up the transmitter, heading over to the location and start transmission.

“During the entire stay we did live crosses for 1630, 6pm in all states, WWOS (with 30,000 people in the stadium all using smartphones), The Today Show, and also crosses for when the Royal baby was born and we never had to hire a satellite truck or find a link point because of problems. We got out every time!” said Glenn. “The success of the Dejero system is that the camera guys all just seem to “get it” and embrace the technology.”

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Nine’s Journalist Mark Burrows with Nine’s Cameraman Michael Sammut on South / North Korean boarder 2013

Fellow Nine Cameraman Michael Sammut found Dejero to be a huge asset whilst covering the bushfires and overseas stories.

“When we were doing the bushfire stories myself and the rest of the camera guys got a real sense of how easy and flexible the Dejero was going to be for our jobs in the future. Being able to transmit anywhere I decide really allows us to get a greater sense of what is really happening back to the studio and audience at home. When travelling with the Dejero internationally I was really impressed how easy it was to set up using another country’s SIMs or MiFi units and was exceptionally happy with the support I got. As soon as I asked for it, no matter what hour of the day there was a Dejero support staff ready to help me get my unit transmitting. Knowing that support is there gives you so much more confidence when travelling.”

Dejero is sold and supported in Australia through Digistor. For all Dejero related enquiries please call Digistor on 1800 643 789 or email [email protected]